Now, before I get into this article, I want to state a few things.
If you suffer or think that you suffer from depression, please tell someone you trust and seek help from experts. There are many therapists out there and you are not alone. Call the hotline of your country which helps people who have depression. There is one for every country.
You are strong and your feelings are valid. Remember that.
Music is one of the most common ways of entertainment as I said in many of my previous articles (you can check them out here). It is also one of the most ancient ways of entertainment, this is not scientifically proven but, before people invented languages, they were communicating with sounds.
They would spend much time together when they weren’t looking for food or protecting their then homes. At that time, they could be making sounds for fun, since they couldn’t speak to each other. So, I suppose, they were creating songs without realizing it.
Let’s see if music is helpful for depression.
What do experts think?
There are many different opinions on whether music can help people with depression. Some experts say that music is very beneficial and it can help patients but others feel that music is simply not enough for the people who suffer.
There are many studies online that prove that patients who have been to music therapy feel a lot better than people who haven’t tried it yet. And that is understandable since music plays an important part in many stages of people’s lives. We connect music to man good memories and music can help us daydream and leave reality for a while. No wonder it is helpful to the majority of the patients.
However, when it comes to clinic depression and many other such diseases, experts believe music is not enough to help the patients. If someone suffers from depression on a dangerous level, it is important that they get special advice, treatment and medication. Music alone can help them feel better, but in order to get better results in the long run, these patients need more services.
I mentioned music therapy above, which requires a certain amount of money to attend, but you don’t need to pay in order to get music therapy. You can practice it yourself.
Start practicing music therapy
So, you decide to try music to get help with your depression. Awesome!
It is preferable that you do this at home or somewhere where you feel safe and it is quiet. You need to practice it in a safe environment with as few distractions as possible. You don’t want people or things disturbing your healing. You can do this any time of the day or night, whenever you feel the need to listen to music for yourself.
Sit somewhere comfortably, you can get something to eat or drink if you want. Wear comfortable clothing and sit the way you like. Make sure that the lighting of the room doesn’t distract you. You might also want to turn off your phone. You can either listen to music out loud or put headphones on. Whatever makes you feel more comfortable.
Pick the songs
Now it’s time that you pick the songs that will calm you down. Create a playlist or many different playlists of songs that help you feel better on different times of the day.
For example, I might want to listen to pop in the morning, because I want something that will motivate me to get out of bed and start my day. But at night, I might want to listen to some jazz that will help me daydream and calm me down so that I can sleep peacefully. Of course, the music genres and the songs are different from person to person.
Feel free to skip the songs that are not for your mood at the very moment. You don’t have to listen to them just because they are in your playlist. Or feel free to delete them if they bother you being in it. Remember, you are the therapist of yourself at this point, you get to decide. Don’t be frightened of getting the responsibility of your own mental health. Be happy that you get to do this.
It doesn’t work? It’s okay!
Yes, it’s totally okay if some days you just can’t listen to music like you did. It happens to many people. We don’t have the same excitement for the same songs every day.
If this happens to you, you might want to change your playlist. You might need to experience different songs, different artists or different genres. Ask friends or look up online new artists and songs. You won’t be disappointed, trust me. Also, there are several people who have been on your shoes and they posted their advice online.
If you don’t have the strength to do that it’s still okay. You tried music therapy for the first time on your own and that itself is really important. You attempted to do something good for yourself and that’s what matters. Take a deep breath and continue. It will get better I promise.
Being happy is what matters!
If you ever feel like getting into music therapy again, that’s great. Remember to follow my steps and you will achieve an amazing experience for yourself. Put yourself first always and do what’s best for you at all times. You don’t have to push yourself into the music therapy if you don’t want to in the first place.
Music therapy is effective but it is always your choice to do this or not. It is also very cheap, since music can be found anywhere online nowadays. Have you ever listened to music to get help with depression? What do you think about this?
If you agree, disagree or simply want to add something on what I previously mentioned, please leave a comment down below and I will get back at you, first chance that I get.
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